Recognizing the Different Types of Eczema
The term eczema is generally used to define a commonly occurring dermatitis called atopic dermatitis. This type of eczema is caused by an allergic reaction to irritants. Atopic dermatitis results in dry and itchy skin patches.
Other types of eczema include:
Allergic Contact Eczema: This type is caused by the skin coming in contact with a substance that the body recognizes as foreign. The body then elicits an immune reaction. Contact with poison ivy produces this type of eczema.
Contact Eczema: The skin turns red accompanied by itching and burning in the specific spot where the contact occurred. This is a common reaction to certain chemicals.
Dyshidrotic Eczema: This type of rash is found on the palms of hands and soles of the feet. The skin develops clear blisters that that itch and burn.
Neurodermatits: This allergic reaction is localized to the contact spot. The exposure causes an itch. The common cause is an insect bite. The eczema is the result of the scratch-itch cycle that results in scaly patches.
Nummular Eczema: This condition is recognized by crusted and scaly coin shaped itchy spots.
Seborrheic Eczema: The affected area has a yellow hue, is scaly and oily and commonly found on the face, inside the ear and scalp.
Stasis Dermatitis: The condition is usually brought about by a blood flow issue and it occurs on the legs of middle aged and elderly patients. The skin starts by developing a reddish brown discoloration which develops further into patches that ooze.